Kirstin O'Connor

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Name: Kirstin O'Connor
Date registered: September 12, 2013

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  1. First Peaches Ready for Picking — July 22, 2014
  2. Sun-Blocking Wardrobe — July 21, 2014
  3. Carnival Safety Test Ride — July 18, 2014
  4. Lavender Festival Kick-off — July 11, 2014
  5. Law Enforcement Helps Guide Torch Run — July 7, 2014

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First Day to Buy Fireworks

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Fireworks are now on sale in the Rogue Valley, but especially with a strong start to fire season fire officials are warning everyone to be careful with what they buy and where they light their fireworks. NewsWatch12′s Kirstin O’Connor spoke with Deputy Fire Marshal Mark Northrop about the types of fireworks … Continue reading »

Crews Respond to Gold Hill Grass Fire

GOLD HILL, Ore. — A fire sparked Sunday afternoon in Gold Hill, spreading to trees and drawing in several fire agencies and volunteers to help put it out. The call came in just before noon. It started on the 4000 block of Foots Creek Road. Firefighters from Grants Pass Public Safety, Rogue River Fire and … Continue reading »

Law Enforcement NRA Tactics Competition

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. - The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a National Rifle Association (NRA) Tactical Police Competition Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21st. The competition was open to both active and retired sworn law enforcement officers from both public and private agencies and U.S. Military members. Competitors were tested on their abilities to shoot duty … Continue reading »

Local School Security Response

MEDFORD, Ore. -     Local law enforcement officers handle active shooter situations like the one at Reynolds High School near Portland on Tuesday differently now than they did a decade ago. More than a million dollars have been put into school security upgrades since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. NewsWatch 12′s Kirstin O’Connor heard from Lt. … Continue reading »

Grilling Safely During Fire Season

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Wildfires can be caused by any flames, even the ones started on your stove or barbecue. Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires across the United States. Summer months are a peak time of the year for grill fires which can spread to a home if they are under … Continue reading »

Summer Swimming Safety

MEDFORD, Ore. -  Summer is just around the corner, and with some schools out kids are already jumping into the pool. While swimming is a great way to cool off, it can also cause some concern for parents with children who can’t swim yet. NewsWatch12′s Kirstin O’Connor spoke with Pediatrician Barbara Sibley about how to stay safe around … Continue reading »

Smoke Hanging Over Valley

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — The Two Bulls fire isn’t close to the Rogue Valley, but increasing smoke blowing our way could be seen from early Sunday morning. Fire investigators near the Green Springs checked the area for any signs of fire, but according to Oregon Department of Forestry, all that smoke making its way into … Continue reading »

SOU Summer Course Explores “Selfies”

ASHLAND, Ore. – Selfie. The word is defined in the dictionary as a self portrait usually taken with a smartphone. They’ve become a popular form of modern photography and now a field of study. Southern Oregon University is offering a summer class that explores the “Journey to the Center of the Selfie.” Students ages 11 to 14 … Continue reading »

Start to 2014 Fire Season

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Southern Oregon is entering a fire season which some say could be the worst one in the region’s history. Brian Ballou with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) said Monday he expects an active fire season, similar to last year. In fact the season is starting just one day before last year’s … Continue reading »

National Push for Concussion Awareness

With about 250,000 emergency room visits by young athletes annually, President Obama is calling for a national push to conduct more youth concussion research. Local Physical Therapists and Coaches are weighing in on what that research funding could do to help players on the field. The White House announced initiatives last Thursday, including an effort to help start … Continue reading »

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